Sunday, October 25, 2015


Too close for comfort.   For the record my prediction of 27-20 to the ABs comprised the following ... ABs - 3 converted tries and two 3 pointers vs one unconverted try and five 3 pointers for the SBs ... so, not too far amiss at the end.

Thought the referee was consistent in his inconsistency.   As for McCaw's 'supposed' infringement ... fully expect the judiciary to demand their place in the history books and come down on him like a ton of bricks.

Listening to Sky News Australia this morning and you might be forgiven for thinking that McCaw had slotted the referee or something ... the undertone was all about 'send him orf'.

p.s.   Does anyone have a view on the report that the ARU has laid a bet of $300k on Oz winning the RWC?


pdm said...

It was never going to be a big margin and as I said the other day on your post the AB's had not played anyone that had a game plan like the Springboks would. I think we were able to apply just enough pressure to force mistakes which gave us territorial and possession advantages. Kaino could have lost us the game with a dumb, cynical, professional foul which deserved a card but, it is fair to say that Habana reciprocated to our advantage.

A good team effort and I don't think it matters who we play in the final neither the Aussies or Argies will be as tough as last nights game.

Anonymous said...

I don't suppose veteran will be supporting the Argentines. Gus Pichot has just told the world of his admiration for Che Guevara. Another drawback is that all the bars in Argieland are closed, it's election day. Very ominous.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

The Veteran said...

Lord EN ... rather puerile comment.

alwyn said...

" ARU has laid a bet of $300k on Oz winning the RWC? "
It isn't really a bet as the story put it. It is effectively insurance cover for the millions that the ARU would have to pay the team if they do win. I believe it is $100,000 per player if they win the final.
It is against the rules for anyone in the ARU to actually bet on the result of a game and it will probably be done by paying an Insurance Company who will then lay off the business with one or more bookmakers.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


I suspect you are right on this one. Some years ago I ran a 'hole in one' competition at an industry golf day. The prize was $10,000. I paid a premium of $200 to an insurer and verified that all players were amateur.

And that was that. Nobody got to within a metre of the pin.